*TONIGHT* IWOSC ALL-STARS 1: A Hot Half-Dozen Authors Tell How They Write, Publish and Promote

Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC)

Presents a Panel Discussion:

IWOSC ALL-STARS 1:  A Hot Half-Dozen Authors Tell How They Write, Publish and Promote

From Memoir to Mystery, Peanut Butter to Charley Parkhurst, Filmmaking to Therapy, You’ll Learn and be Entertained by These Authors

Monday, November 19, 2012

7:30 PM sharp – until 9PM

Veterans Memorial Building 
4117 Overland (at Culver Boulevard)
Culver City, California – FREE parking adjacent to the building; enter on Culver

Join them tonight, when the Independent Writers of Southern California presents the first “IWOSC ALL-STARS” panel discussion.

Six authors, all members of the 30-year-old writers organization, will share stories of how they wrote, published, and promoted their new books.  Fiction, nonfiction, biography, how-to, mystery:  it’s a mixed bag, and these stars will shine.

You’ll learn:

–           their writing process
-           their writing history
-           how they researched their topics
-           how they got published (agent and traditional publisher, or self-published)
-           how they market and promote their books
-           what promotional activities translate into sales
-           and more!
-           We’ll also have time for your questions
-           Books will be available for sale and signing


•  SYLVIA CARY,”The Therapist Writer”  (how-to; reference)

•  KAREN KONDAZIAN, “The Whip”  (historical fiction)

•  JON KRAMPNER, “Creamy & Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-           American Food”   (nonfiction) 

•  ESTER BENJAMIN SHIFREN, “Hiding In a Cave of Trunks: A Prominent Jewish Family’s     Century in Shanghai and Internment in a WWII POW Camp”•  JOE WALLENSTEIN, “Practical Moviemaking: A Handbook for the Real World”       (nonfiction, how-to)  

•  MARVIN J. WOLF, “The Tattooed Rabbi” (fiction, mystery)


•  FLO SELFMAN, Public Relations Consultant, Proofreader-Copyeditor, and President, IWOSC.             Contributing writer to Media Magnetism: How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You             Want and Deserve

Monday, November 19. Panel begins at 7:30 pm sharp, followed by networking.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium,

4117 Overland (at Culver), Culver City, CA.

FREE parking. Enter on Culver.

Admission:  $15 general admission.

IWOSC members are free.


E-MAIL RESERVATIONS REQUIRED — Reservations by email only. Email [email protected] to make your reservation to this event. Please write “IWOSC Reservation” in the subject line. You will receive a confirming email from IWOSC, and your name will be on a list at check-in. For proof of your reservation, bring a printout of your email or show a smartphone version of your “sent” email or confirmation. Please arrive by 7:15 pm to be seated. Doors open to everyone at 7:15 and people will be admitted as space permits. Reservations close at 5 pm Sunday 11/18.  Walk-ins permitted, if there is space. Information: (310) 773-8075. If you reserve and can’t attend, please notify the office, [email protected] . 

LOCATION: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland (at Culver Blvd.), Culver City, California. FREE parking adjacent to the building; enter on Culver. (Wear layered clothing.  The room is usually comfortable, but the temperature can vary.)
IWOSC, the Independent Writers of Southern California, is a nonprofit association, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, providing support, tools, and resources to help self-employed professional writers in Southern California since 1982.

Please visit us at our official website.

Speaker bios:

•  SYLVIA CARY, LMFT, a licensed psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area, specializes in addiction. She is the author of five published books, five produced educational films, and numerous articles which have appeared in dozens of national magazines. She was the recipient of the Clark Vincent Award by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to honor her literary contributions to the mental health profession. For over a decade, she has had a “book-doctor” business focused on helping other mental health professionals get published.  Her newest book is “The Therapist Writer,” a comprehensive, easy to follow publishing manual for therapists who write, published by her own imprint, Timberlake Press.

•  KAREN KONDAZIAN is well known as a theater actress — playing the women of Tennessee Williams. She won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for “The Rose Tattoo.” After Williams saw her performance, they became friends, and he eventually gave her permission to produce any of his plays in his lifetime. One of her favorite Williams roles was starring opposite Ed Harris in “Sweet Bird of Youth.”  She has also appeared as series regular lead in CBS’s “Shannon,” and has guest-starred in over 50 television shows.  Kondazian’s debut novel, “The Whip,” is a historical novel inspired by the true story of Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879). “The Whip” was featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly Magazine (3/26/12). The audio version of the book, recorded by Robin Weigert (“Deadwood”), will be released November 15, 2012.

•  JON KRAMPNER is the author of “Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food,” which will be published this month by Columbia University Press. His first book was “The Man in the Shadows: Fred Coe and the Golden Age of Television,”  which Publishers Weekly called “diligent and inviting,” adding, “Krampner weaves Coe’s story with solid writing, subtle humor and a slavish devotion to detail.”  His second book was “Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley,” which Kirkus called “a steadily turning kaleidoscope of vivid, unsettling images.” Sadly, his only award is a Dishonorable Mention from the Bulwer-Lytton Contest, which encourages participants to write the worst possible opening sentence for a novel. He is as longtime IWOSC member.

•  ESTER BENJAMIN SHIFREN is a published author, artist, musician, and dynamic international speaker. In 2005, in England, she was featured in the BBC1 program “We’ll Meet Again,” and was a guest lecturer for several days at the Imperial War Museum.  Ester’s book “Hiding in a Cave of Trunks” details all facets of Shanghai’s colorful multi-ethnic population and relates the saga of her family’s century-long existence in China. In 1943 their privileged lifestyle was abruptly terminated by internment in a Japanese POW camp. In 1948 they relocated to Hong Kong, where the Korean War embargo eventually caused their financial collapse. Endorsed as a “must read” by authorities on Shanghai’s Jewish history, Chinese Professors Pan Guang and Xu Xin, and Jerusalem Professor Yitzchak Kerem, authority on Sephardic and Eastern Jewry.

•  JOE WALLENSTEIN is Director of Physical Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, overseeing and administering all aspects of filming by the more than 700 students making approximately 1500 films each year. His new book, “Practical Moviemaking: A Handbook for the Real World” (McFarland Publishing), is finding its way into film school curriculums around the world. During his long career, Wallenstein was first or second assistant director on dozens of films including “The Godfather,” and worked for internationally renowned photojournalist and director Gordon Parks on his action police drama “Supercops.”  He worked on numerous television pilots for Paramount, Universal, NBC, CBS, and ABC, produced the CBS mini-series “Dallas: The Early Years” and the first four years of the hit television series “Knots Landing,” also writing and directing numerous episodes.

•  MARVIN J. WOLF   An award-winning journalist and photojournalist, Wolf is the author of 15 books, including a novel, “The Tattooed Rabbi” (Antenna Books, NY 2011). His books include memoirs written with three of the 20th century’s most interesting men: ABC Television founder Leonard Goldenson, Native American leader and screen actor Russell Means, and former South Vietnam prime minister Nguyen Cao Ky. Wolf is also a screenwriter; his screenplay for “Ladies Night,” a USA Network original motion picture, was based on his own book. He recently completed a Vietnam War memoir and is working on a sequel to “The Tattooed Rabbi,” and on a nonfiction account of a Medal of Honor nominee’s heroic ordeal.  A charter member of IWOSC, Wolf served four terms as president and three as director of professional development.


FLO SELFMAN has created and implemented PR campaigns for celebrities, theatre productions, arts festivals, books and authors. She is an in-demand copy editor-proofreader; recent books include “The Food Is My Friend Diet” by Ruth Frechman, “The Therapist Writer” by Sylvia Cary, LMFT, and “The Everyday Space Traveler” by Jason Klassi.  Flo teaches lively grammar/punctuation review workshops for adults. Awards include “Best Book Tie-In Award” from Book Publicists of Southern California. Flo is a contributing writer to the new book “Media Magnetism: How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You Want and Deserve.”  She has been president (pro bono) of IWOSC since 2003.


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Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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